Degas House - New Orleans, LA, 70119, United States


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  • Estelle Suite 1

Review posted on Trip Advisor and Google regarding a stay at Degas House, June, 2015:

"Love on Esplanade Avenue: The Degas House"

We spent the first days of our marriage in New Orleans, in the Estelle Suite, at the Degas House. We chose the Estelle Suite for its gallery overlooking Esplanade Avenue. We've since heard it described as a magical place, and it certainly was so for us. Time seems to move slowly there; even the sun rises more languorously, and the day unwinds more lazily.

The suite is full of charm; wide, polished-wood floors; a glittering chandelier; a day-bed by one of the floor-to-ceiling windows; a crystal decanter of tawny port on the desk; a generous, comfortable bed; a magnificent period armoire; and so much more.

As beautiful as it was indoors, we spent most of our time at the Degas House on the balcony, breathing in the magnolia-scented air of the real New Orleans, chatting with passers-by, or not, as the mood struck us. We watched the herons nesting in the old oaks overhanging the streets. We drank wine. We played backgammon. We even shared a cigar.

It is also a great location in New Orleans. The neighborhood held hidden treasures that we delighted in searching out, with guidance from the staff. They were very knowledgeable about New Orleans, and about the history of the house. David, Lala, Marie, Flora, James, Betty, and Eva made our visit exceptional. Thank you very much.

  • William Bell Main Bedroom

"Stay in Impressionist History"

5-star Revies on Trip Advisor

We just spent the weekend in New Orleans and this was our first time staying at the Degas House - and it won't be the last! We stayed in the William Bell Suite - beautifully furnished and it had its own balcony overlooking the courtyard. There are several cats that "laze" around the property - so it was fun to watch them stretch out in the sunny courtyard and pass the time! Breakfast is included in your stay - so you MUST try the Bananas Foster French Toast! So good - I had it both mornings - along with Mimosas, mixed fruit, eggs, sausage and bacon. If you walk away hungry - do not blame Sharon (the primary cook) or Lora (her helper) - they will keep feeding you until you cannot get up from the table! Also included in our stay was the tour of the house(s). SPOILER ALERT - the two houses used to be one! To find out the rest - you will need to go take the tour! But learning about Degas time in New Orleans and seeing some of the prints/photos of his work that he composed in that very house gave a new meaning to those works! The property is located very near the French Quarter - so convenient for sightseeing but not noisy or crowded like being in the French Quarter.

  • 1 setup

Email from Customer Regarding a Rehearsal Dinner held at Degas House:

…thank you for the beautiful event you arranged for Alex and Sara… It was very reassuring to talk to you about the arrangements for an important celebration in a site unseen by me, a rental company I didn't know, and a florist I had never engaged. You were so patient and helpful and smart about every single detail. I was glad we had a tent even without rain because it lent the dinner more intimacy and better lighting. All in all, the evening was a huge success and I sincerely thank you.

“Great Visit to the Degas family home! ”
5 Star Review on
I am a native New Orleanian & I was impressed how much New Orleans history I did not know. I was also delighted that the tour was given by Degas family descendents. The documentary shown at the beginning of the tour really set the stage well for the tour & I will visit again to soak it all in since one visit is not nearly enough.

“Wonderful...As Always”
5 Star Review on
This was our third stay at the Degas House and (as usual) it was wonderful! The location on Esplanade Avenue is quiet and charming (beautiful tree-lined avenue) and so convenient to NOMA and the Quarter...also nice to walk around the historic neighborhood.

We stayed in the Josephine room which was beautiful and romantic; decorated very nicely for Christmas (as was the entire property). Took the included tour which was very informative and had a wonderful New Orleans-style breakfast served by a very hospitable staff. If you're interested in New Orleans history and/or Edgar Degas...the Degas House is a must-stay!

Just like to add: we noticed that some complained about the feral cats at the property. In no way were the cats a bother, we found them a charming somewhat Parisian addition to the property and we liked the Degas House (and staff) even more for caring for them!

“Historic Southern Charm - Artist Must”
5 Star Review on
As a former art teacher, my soul reveled in the history of this charming bed and breakfast. As a couple, my husband and found the the rooms very romantic. The breakfast is amazing and the people that work there are friendly. I loved having a niece of Degas take us on the art tour. The hotel is within walking distance of party areas yet the B&B is located on a quiet street. One of my favorite places I have stayed at.

“Thank you!”
5 Star Review on
We booked the entire house for a weekend-long 40th birthday party. I wanted to say thank you for the wonderful hospitality the staff provided to us and, for our guests. A special thank you to Rachel and Paige; they were both very helpful during the preparation and during our stay. I look forward to my next visit to New Orleans, and most of all staying at the Degas House again.

“True Southern Hospitality”
5 Star Review on
As a transplanted Southerner, I have experienced Southern Hospitality at it's finest. Our recent visit to The Degas House in New Orleans was for a very special event. What we thought was a surprise birthday party for a dear friend, turned out to be a surprise wedding. The happy couple, with the assistance of the staff of the Degas House was able to pull off what later seemed the impossible. Over 150 guests (including us) were thrilled with the news. The ability to surprise that many guests, local and out-of-towners was no small feat. The Degas House is truly a beautiful venue. It was as if we stepped back in time to Old New Orleans, the house and gardens are something you imagine while reading an Ann Rice novel. We were welcomed as if our visit was as important as the Bride and Grooms. The staff anticipated our needs, as I would welcoming guests in our own home. The anticipation grew as each timed piece of the event progressed. The lay-out of the food and drink were as if they knew what each of their guests would expect. My personal favorite was the crawfish pasta, however, all the food was amazing and very memorable. Kudos to the Degas House and Staff!!!! These Chattanoogan's will forever have fond memories.

Reviews of The Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour

  • Breakfast couple

Accolade Regarding Breakfast and the Tour:

Dear People at Degas House,
We had the Creole Breakfast recently on Thursday, 17th April, followed by the historical tour.
Thank you sincerely to Carolyn for the beautiful food which she served us, and making our first visit to New Orleans such a memorable one. We attach a photo which we hope you will pass on to Carolyn in appreciation.
Thank you also to the two ladies who took us on our exploration of the house, the art, and the neighbourhood.
I am so sorry that I haven't remembered your names. We had a wonderful experience.
Yours sincerely, Margaret and John - Melbourne, Australia

"Worth the Trip"

TripAdvisor review

This is a bit out of the typical tourist area, but worth the trip. The tour, at two hours, is perhaps just a bit too long, but overall it's interesting and fun to think that you are looking out the same doorway that frames Degas' subjects in one of his paintings or standing in a room where he painted another. Our tour was given by a descendant (great granddaughter) of Edgar Degas' brother and she certainly could give insight into the family history, adding a personal touch in an unexpected manner. The tour was $29 a person and definitely worth the money. I walked away thinking that I would be looking at some of his paintings in museums with new insight.

”Breakfast and a Tour of the House”
5-star Review on Trip Advisor
We took the combination tour and breakfast (first tour of the day). Food was excellent and we got an opportunity to experience the house in a relaxed manner before the tour. Our guide was distantly related to the family and emphasized family relationships of the pictures painted in New Orleans. If you are interested in art it is a must.

“Interesting Art History Excursion”
Back in January my friend and I were lucky enough to reserve a tour of the Degas House and as it turned out, we were the only two customers that day, allowing us to receive dedicated individual attention. We both found the tour most educational, both in terms of the Degas and Impressionist art era and New Orleans itself. I only wish we would have reserved to attend the breakfast, too. The Degas House is easy walking distance from the French Quarter (we were staying at Harrah's). I would definitely recommend this tour.

5 Star Review on
Since I attend a visual arts school, it was a very interesting and informative tour. The tour guide gives an in-depth description of what Degas' life was like when he was in New Orleans. Touring the house where many of his famous works were done was a very cool experience

“Beyond My Expectation”
As a visual artist, i must say i was very excited to come see the actual studio of Edgar Degas and walk the walls where he painted some of his famouse peices. The film was great. I learn so much about the Degas Family now. The tour guide was exellent and very informative.

“Excellent Tour of Edgar Degas life in New Orleans”
5 Star Review on
My wife is a big fan of Edgar Degas Art and while in New Orleans we decided to do the tour with breakfast. It was very interesting and informative of his life while in New Orleans. We watched a video, walked the grounds, and toured the Home, which is now a bed and breakfast. The rooms were really nice so we decided to stay the weekend! Had a wonderful time, the staff was super friendly and I must mention the breakfast is to die for... you must do the breakfast with the tour! Highly recommend seeing this gem while in New Orleans!

“Review of the Tour”
5 Star Review on
We didn't stay here but took the tour of this lovely place, which included a video about Degas's time in New Orleans and a very interesting talk and walk around the two buildings. I'm not usually that into doing such activities, but the Degas House tour was first-rate. Learned a lot of things about the house itself, that period of time in New Orleans, and Degas. Really liked how we got a good picture of what he was like as a person. Did get to look at some of the B&B rooms, which were beautifully put together and looked pretty comfy. An excellent activity for anyone who likes art and history.

“An Incredible Experience”
5-Star Review on
We started the day with breakfast at the Degas House. Carolyn was a wonderful hostess and chef. The omelet was one of the best I have ever had. Mom femme had bananas foster that were equally fantastic. Breakfast was very quiet and we were joined by one other person. The bloody mary was a delight. After the wonderful breakfast we were taken on a tour of the facility by Degas great grand niece, Micey Moyer. While we have been to many museums and artists' residences, having a tour with a direct descendant of Degas brought a whole new dimension to the tour. Standing on the porch where one of the paintings was created was also a great experience. Micey was a delightful person who was very willing to answer all questions and provided insights to Degas that only a family member could have. We would love to come back and spend at least one night in the house.  Suffice it to say, we loved everything about this very unique experience.
Room Tip: Ask for the master suite on the second floor with the big bathtub.

Degas House
2306 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA, 70119, United States
Call: (504) 821-5009
(504) 821-0870 fax


Degas House

A New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, Degas House is home to the French Impressionist Master, Edgar Degas, and is a masterpiece of history and hospitality.